Lecture: Sand Ain't Dumb

  • Date(s): May 12, 2023

5:30 p.m.  Mark Bateman, Ph.D., explains Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) as a dating method for archaeological excavations. The lecture will explore the mechanics of the process as well as how this can be applied to archaeology.

Mark Bateman received a First Class BSc in Geography from the University of London in 1991 and a DPhil from Sussex University in 1995 for his research on dating UK coversands. In 1995 he joined the Sheffield Geography department as a post-doctoral research assistant to set up and run the luminescence laboratory for the Sheffield Centre for International Drylands Research. In 1998, Mark Bateman was appointed Lecturer in Physical Geography, promoted to Senior Lecturer (2004), Reader in Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction (2006), and became a Professor in 2011. In 2018 he was awarded the Sorby medal by the Yorkshire Geological Society for his contribution to Yorkshire Geology.

This lecture is organized in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Image: CoBALT (Coastal Bend Archaeological Logistics Team) volunteers excavating at the McNeill Ranch Site in Victoria County.